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Let the cuddly Pandas die out says Chris Packham

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ajamore Wed 23-Sep-09 14:14:29

It's a pretty radical viewpoint. Can't quite make up my mind whether I agree or not though. Pandas are very high profile in terms of conservation - they're the Guide Dogs for the Blind of the wildlife conservation world.


FairMidden Wed 23-Sep-09 14:22:39

I think it's a brave thing to say. It's at first distasteful and outrageous but when you think about it, what he's suggesting is based on a sound principle - it's a fight that will never be won, but which will have to be ongoing seemingly forever. Better to direct funds towards something more worthwhile, perhaps.

But then, I've always felt uncomfortable with animal charities getting shedloads of people's spare cash when there are children dying of malnutrition elsewhere in the world. So maybe I'm not best placed to comment.

Meglet Wed 23-Sep-09 14:26:48

Pandas do need a kick up the backside don't they sad. Only eat bamboo, hardly every get round to breeding. Sitting about looking cute isn't gonna help the survival of the species is it?

AMumInScotland Wed 23-Sep-09 14:33:41

I don't think we "should" let any species die out because of our actions, but I agree to a point - if giant pandas get a large proportion of the money and publicity, when they are only one of a huge number of animal species which are at risk, then is that a good choice when funds are always going to be limited.

Maybe there are other species which we could do more for, on a finite timescale, rather than continuing to spend a lot on a species where there is no end in sight.

MoreCrackThanHarlem Wed 23-Sep-09 14:34:58

I agree with him to a degree, certainly if conservationists are going to continue with crackpot schemes to breed in captivity and release the resulting pandas into the wild. As Chris points out, the only way to save the species is to spend huge amounts of cash buying the land where the pandas live.

MaryAmericanSmooth Wed 23-Sep-09 14:35:26

he has a point, though I absolutely love pandas

funtimewincies Wed 23-Sep-09 20:23:08

15-odd years ago a friend of mine missed out on a First for voicing this opinion in her degree viva sad. If the habitat cannot/isn't going to be sustained then I agree that extinction is inevitable.

I still can't stand Chris Packam mind!

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